Facebook games have the stigma of being
time-and-money pits, promoting
lackluster design with an emphasis on cash shops just to play the basic
game for more than ten minutes. When you think of gaming on Facebook,
one game springs to mind – Farmville
However, there is more to Facebook gaming than planting crops and
getting different colored cows; in fact, there are actual MMOGs to be
found. I, your intrepid reporter, have plunged into the sordid
underbelly of Facebook to find five MMOGs that are actually worth
playing. After countless hours spent in app hell, I can finally deliver
such a list.
Is there more to Facebook
gaming than cows?
The problem with most Facebook games are that you can easily spend much
more in a few hours than you would paying for a monthly subscription to
a normal MMOG. Many Facebook games require you to expend
“energy” or some other attribute to do actions.
those kinds of attributes replenish slowly over time, usually with a
timer off to the side counting down to when you gain back a single
point. When you run out of said “energy”, you can
wait a long while to let it replenish or you can spend some kind of
virtual currency, purchased with real life cash, to buy a refill or a
potion to replenish the points. In addition, many useful items (of the
more powerful variety than you would find in the normal loot drops
within the game) need to be bought or parts of the game need to be
unlocked by spending real-life dough.
The games listed here allow you a great deal of gameplay without
spending any real money and fall into the traditional MMOG style:
gathering quests from NPCs, gaining levels, having special abilities,
and so on. I must make something absolutely clear. I am not saying that
these games are as good as or better than subscription-based MMOGs.
Because these are Facebook games, they tend to have simplified
crafting, no real character appearance options (besides hairstyle or
color), easier combat systems, and streamlined skill options (if they
have skill trees at all). These games are designed to be easy to play
so players can easily pick them up and entice their friends to join the
fray. If you want some mindless action and fun, then you’re
looking in the right place.
THIS IS PANDALAND!!! Uh...I
mean, THIS IS SPARTA!
Greek theme with the player choosing to represent Athens or Sparta.
Don’t let the setting fool you as that historical accuracy
even attempt at historical accuracy) do not even think about making an
appearance. The game does a nice job of holding your hand as you learn
the ropes. A nice feature is an auto-travel ability where you can click
on an NPC or a creature in the quest description and your character
will walk to where they are located. From the very beginning,
you’ll have pets that can accompany you and help you out with
skills of their own. Nothing says “This is Sparta!”
panda bear with a short sword. The animation is done in the anime style
and is cutesy in nature. A key feature is what they call AFK mode where
you can have your character automatically attack and cast spells on
whatever enemies are around you while you chat with friends or such. If
you do it too long, the game will point out that this feature is to
allow you time to chat and not to walk away for hours and then it will
come out of AFK mode. A thing to remember is that you don’t
up any loot when you’re in AFK mode.